Message from the PTS President and the Executive Director:
October 15, 2018
To the Panamerican Trauma Society Members:
For the past 30 years, the Panamerican Trauma Society has represented all of the Americas in an attempt to improve trauma care for everyone. The society has evolved, and we seek to continue to make the PTS all that it can be. The 2018 meeting in Cartagena, Colombia was a great success and marked the first time the PTS became responsible for the meeting. We are actively soliciting comments from the membership and others who attended to make the 2019 meeting in Chile even more successful.
The PTS must become much more nimble and efficient to continue to meet its mission. Change is needed. However, we cannot lose the essence of the PTS. We must represent everyone in North and Latin America. Everyone has a home in the PTS.
We seek commentary from all members to continue the evolution. Some of the changes will be bumpy. That is OK, as long as all of us keep the best interest of the PTS first. In the near future, you will be receiving an invitation to provide comments to the Executive Committee and the Board. Please take the time to respond. These comments are critical to our future success.
We look forward to seeing everyone next year in Chile and eagerly await your comments.
Dr. Felipe Vega Dr. Thomas Scalea PTS President 2018-2019 PTS Executive Director
Renaming a Trauma Center as the ‘Ernest E. Moore Shock Trauma Center’ at Denver Health
Congratulations Dr. E. Moore!
The Panamerican Trauma Society offers its heartfelt congratulations to Dr. Ernest Eugene "Gene" Moore, upon having the trauma center at Denver Health renamed after him. Gene has dedicated his career to working in Denver, and it seems so appropriate that the trauma center is now renamed in his honor.
Dr. Moore has been a leading authority in injury care for almost 40 years. His contributions are numerous and span all important facets of injury care. He currently serves as editor in chief of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery at the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma. He has spent his entire career at the University of Colorado in Denver where he has devoted to excellence in trauma and education, has been actively involved in research and published more than 1,500 articles of surgical science.
In addition, Gene Moore has been a valuable member of the Panamerican Trauma Society for many years. His constant presence and contributions at our annual meetings are invaluable. We are proud of having him as one of our members.
Congratulations Gene from all your friends and colleagues of the Panamerican Trauma Society!.
Thomas Scalea, MD Felipe Vega, MD PTS Executive Director PTS President 2018-2019
Click here to watch the ceremony video.
Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations - Sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)
The International Committee of the Red Cross is in the process of actively looking for qualifying candidates who may serve as doctors in humanitarian missions. Today being employed in the humanitarian field is considered a good option for a surgical career.
In recent years, the Panamerican Trauma Society (PTS) and the Association of Colombian Surgery (ACC) have been characterized by their work hand in hand with the International Committee of the Red Cross to spread knowledge of trauma management. In the framework of this project, we invite you to the following Symposium:
Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations
This symposium will present the current and expected future status in the field of our professional practice. Those attending the symposium will be registered and considered as candidates for possible attendance to Geneva to the recognized:
Weapon-Wounded Seminar in Geneva, Switzerland
The seminar includes a visit to the Ballistic Research Center of Hitzkirch. This event is held only twice a year and participation is strictly by invitation with travel expenses included by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The Symposium: Humanitarian Surgical Response in Conflict Situations, will take place at the Convention Center of the Americas, Room Nueva Granada D, on Tuesday, August 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. during the 31st Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care and Emergency Surgery and the 44th National Congress Advances in Surgery. Experts in humanitarian programs and trauma surgery of the International Committee of the Red Cross will be attending.
International Committee of the Red Cross (CICR)
Dr. Manuel Sáenz Terrazas, Regional CICR for the Americas
Advanced Disaster Medical Response (ADMR Course) - Havana, Cuba
On June 25th, 2018 the second ADMR “Advanced Disaster Medical Response” course of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held in Havana, Cuba.
The course was coordinated by: Dr. Susan Briggs (USA), with the help of instructors Dr. Tanya Zakrison (USA), Dr. Adam Fox (USA), Dr. Daniel Pust (USA), Dr. Manuel Lorenzo (USA), Dr. Andres Camilo (Cuba) and Cuban professionals who helped carry out the course activities. We would like to thank everyone involved who helped make this event a reality.
Third Trauma Nursing Course — Havana, Cuba
During this event, the 3rd "Trauma Course for Nursing" of the Panamerican Trauma Society was held on June 25 with the participation of pre-hospital nurses from all the provinces of the Caribbean country.
The faculty was formed by Lic. Gaspar Reboredo (Uruguay) and Lic. Elier Carrera (Cuba), as course directors. As well as instructors Jessica Badillo, RN (United States), Lic.Mayelin Durruthy (Cuba), Lic. Eraisy Rodríguez (Cuba), Lic. Rodolfo Gámez (Cuba) and Lic. Miguel Angel González (Cuba).
The team of instructors is committed to professional integration, sharing common language and methodology in trauma care; as well as advancing with the objectives of "Improving the quality of life of trauma victims and reducing mortality in the Americas."
We are extremely grateful for the team of organizers and collaborators of the United States for their support, especially Dr. Marc de Moya and the nurses Jazmín Garcés-Rey, Alice Gervasini, Sol Angélica Muniz, Sandy Muse, Paula Restrepo, Abigail Schroeder, Colleen Treviño, prestigious professors of nursing in emergencies, surgery and trauma. Without them this event would not have been made possible.
PTS Executive Committee Gather in Richmond, Virginia USA for annual retreat
The Executive Committee of the Panamerican Trauma Society met over the weekend in Richmond, Virginia for their annual retreat. The committee gathered together to discuss the future of PTS and solutions for improving and delivering access to trauma care.
MAY NEWS 2016:
Mohamed Mohamed, MD visits Richmond, VA USA
Introducing Dr. Mohamed Mohamed, graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan and member of the Panamerican Trauma Society. Dr. Mohamed is currently observing activities in Richmond, VA. He has observed clinical and quality improvement activities at VCU Health, in addition he will be spending two weeks with Richmond Ambulance Authority with the objective of learning about prehospital systems and the USA trauma system as a whole.
He is here through the International Observership Program, a collaborative effort between the PTS, VCU ITSDP and RAA.
Trauma Course | El Salvador
On April 29th and 30th, PTS board member Dr. Martha Quiodettis participated in an inaugural trauma course in El Salvador. She presented on the deliverables of PTS and the advantages of joining the society. The conference was a great success as more than 100 surgeons participated. Thank you, Dr. Quiodettis !added 5/2/16 MA
Greetings from Colombia!
Jane Laverne and the group from Virginia Rescue Squad are having a great time in Colombia!
The exchange has been in the cities of Neiva, Bogota, Medellin and Calidad. This is part of the Panamerican Trauma Society EMS exchange program with VCU and the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
Dr. Lacey N. LaGrone is spending this year (August 2015 – June 2016) in Peru conducting research in quality improvement programs in trauma and emergency surgery. Dr. LaGrone recently completed three years of general surgery residency and a Masters of Public Health at the University of Washington. She is currently supported by a fellowship from the National Institute of Health’s Fogarty International Clinical Research program.
Dr. LaGrone is mentored in collaboration with the Panamerican Trauma Society by Dr. Charles Mock from the University of Washington, Dr. Eduardo Huaman Egoavil of Hospital Nacional Guillermo Almenara, and Dr. Manuel Rodriguez Castro of Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia. Her primary project consists of a quantitative and qualitative assessment of the current use of trauma quality improvement programs, such as morbidity and mortality meetings and trauma registries, in Latin America. Her ancillary projects include efforts to define and implement a standardized morbidity and mortality conference in Peru, and reports which will highlight some of the many local successes in quality improvement.
Panamerican Trauma Congress 2015
This year's congress was a huge success, thanks to all who attended & we hope to see you next year in Brazil !
ACS 2015 Congress News:
Susan Miller Briggs, MD, MPH, was honored with the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for working with non-profit organizations and the US National Disaster Medical System to provide surgical care during humanitarian emergencies throughout the world.
Rifat Latifi, MD, FACS, a trauma and general surgeon from Tucson, AZ, received the International Surgical Volunteerism Award for helping to establish telemedicine and e-health programs in underdeveloped countries, especially those recovering from conflict and in need of major rebuilding of their health care systems.
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.facs.org/media/press-releases/2015/humanitarian
PRESS RELEASE: https://www.facs.org/quality-programs/trauma/about-trauma/award-winners
Raul Coimbra, MD, PhD, FACS received the Meritorious Achievement Award Monday, October 5, at the annual Committee on Trauma (COT) dinner during ACS 2015 Clinical Congress. Dr. Coimbra was honored for his outstanding contributions to the ACS Regional Committees on Trauma (ACS RCOT) made during his term as the immediate past Vice-Chair of the ACS COT and Chair of the ACS RCOT.
Yellow May Movement 2015
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March News 2015:
The 1st International & National Meeting of Emergency Faculty of Medical Sciences from the National University of Caaguazú. The meeting was held on March 13-14th in Colonel Oveido in Paraguay.
Prof. Gustavo Marchain, MD, member of Panamerican Trauma Society and Sociedad Paraguaya de Trauma, said "This meeting is part of an action that aims to improve emergency and trauma care throughout Paraguay."
The event included USET and ADMR courses coordinated by Dr. José Cruvinel Neto and Dr. Bruno Pereira, both from the University of Campinas, Brazil, and featured a round table discussion of clinical cases. USET enrollment totaled 56 students and ADMR had 100 subscribers in attendance. According to organizers Dr. Ana Liz and University Directors, the event met their expectations and plans are to do more partnerships with trauma societies in Latin America.
This news is also available in Portuguese:
In addition, last week there was another event with 200 attendees:
Congratulations Drs.: Gustavo Machain, Jose Cruvinel and Bruno Pereira!
October 2014 | Member Spotlight:
Paula Ferrada, MD, PTS member and trauma surgeon at VCU Health Director of STICU and Associate Professor in the Division of Acute Care Surgical Services, discusses with Chris Porter at OnSurg about the benefits of international collaboration in academic surgery, Panamerican Trauma Society, and the benefits available to trauma professionals at this year's annual congress.